POStPlan postponed: 3,200 postmasters get a reprieve


The Postal Service has announced that the timeline for implementing POStPlan is going to be extended.  Initially, all 13,000 post offices included in the plan were to have their hours reduced by the end of September 2014, and any full-time postmasters still working at those offices would have lost their full-time jobs on October 1 as part of a Reduction … Read More

We’re listening: The Postal Service holds 8,500 POStPlan meetings, but why?


Yesterday the Postal Service gave the Postal Regulatory Commission a copy of the Household Diary Study, the annual report on mail use and attitudes.  The study says this about how people are using their post office: “In spite of a declining frequency of visits over the past five years, the use of post offices for mailing services continues to dominate … Read More

POStPlan implementation 60 percent done: Hours reduced at over 8,000 post offices


The Postal Service is well along in its implementation of POStPlan, the initiative to cut hours at 13,000 post offices and replace their postmasters with part-time workers.  Since beginning the process a year ago, the Postal Service has reduced hours at about 8,300 post offices.  Another couple of hundred will be reduced over the coming weeks. In the request for … Read More

POStPlan could mean the end of Horatio, SC


Under POStPlan, the post office in Horatio, South Carolina, is supposed to have its hours cut to two a day. That could put Lenoir's general store, where the post office is located, out of business, and that might mean the end of Lenoir.  It's a small town, and Lenoir's  depends on area residents to come in to get their mail … Read More

The Magical Postal Publicity Tour: Over 7,000 POStPlan Meetings, and Counting


The Postal Service is plowing ahead with its community meetings on POStPlan.  As of Friday, it had held 6,741 meetings, and it has scheduled an additional 474 through March 15. That’s a total of 7,215 meetings — well more than half the list of 13,000 post offices that are seeing their hours reduced.  Before last week, implementation was complete at about … Read More

Killing the Post Office Softly: POStPlan implementation almost halfway done


The Postal Service has already held over 5,400 community meetings for POStPlan, and it has scheduled another 860 for the rest of January and the first week of February.  Within a few weeks, some 6,340 post offices will see their hours reduced to six, four, even two hours a day.  That’s nearly half of the 13,000 post offices on the … Read More